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Dog microchipping Becomes Law

Posted on 1st April, 2016 in News

Sedgemoor District Council is reminding dog owners that from Wednesday 6th April it will be a legal requirement that all dogs are microchipped.

It is already a legal requirement that every dog shall wear a collar and ID tag while in a public place. From Wednesday it will be a legal requirement that all dogs by the time they are 8 weeks of age are microchipped and registered with their keepers contact details. All keepers, including breeders, must also ensure that a dog’s microchip contact details are kept up to date.

Key points that dog owners and breeders must be aware of:

  • The only exemption from the requirement to microchip a dog is where a vet has certified in writing that the dog is unfit to be microchipped.
  • Anyone breeding dogs will be responsible for microchipping their puppies before they sell or give them to new keepers.
  • Breeders will be required to register their own details and these will be recorded against the microchip for the life of the dog.
  • If a dog is brought into England temporarily, for example when visiting family or friends and staying more than 30 days, it will need to be microchipped and registered on a database.
  • If a dog without a microchip comes to the attention of the authorities, the dog’s keeper may be served with a notice requiring the dog to be microchipped within 21 days, and may face criminal prosecution and a £500 fine if they do not comply.

Sedgemoor District Council’s Dog Wardens have been busy over the past couple of years microchipping hundreds of dogs for free in preparation for the requirement. Many animal charities such as the Dogs Trust and local veterinary practises have also been offering, and continue to offer, reduced fee or free microchipping and database contact details checks. For more information on the requirements and a list of frequently asked questions please visit: